Steve Kondik, in charge of the alternative Android distribution CyanogenMod, has given some insight in the future of the software.
In a post published on Google+, Kondik revealed that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-based release will be published as CynaogenMod 10 (CM10), which is in line with previous releases and in parallel with Google's Android releases. "J" in Jelly Bean (JB) is the 10th letter of the alphabet and will conclusively result in CM10, while the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) release is CM9 and the Gingerbread (GB) release CM7.
While Kondik said that he does not have its hand on the Jelly Bean code yet, he expects a timely release of CM10, as the changes from ICS are not as significant as the changes involved in the transition from 2.3 to 4.0. A stable release of CM9 is still on the roadmap. However, Kondik said that there will be no further CM9 releases as CM9 devices are likely to be upgradeable to CM10. As a result, the development focus will shift to CM7 and CM10.
There is no estimated release date for CM9 and CM10. Kondik said that the software will be published "when it's ready". For now, CM is available in versions 7.2 for Gingerbread devices as well as in a 9.0 RC1 release for those currently supported for 4.0.